Kent Police said that more than a hundred people were stuck for more than four hours on the A2 at Lydden near Dover after a lorry jack-knifed.
Once the lorry was cleared from the countbound carriageway, snow drifts built up, in some places up to a metre high due to strong winds.
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Russia has announced that it will expel 23 UK diplomats in a deepening rift over the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter.
Scores of flights were cancelled and drivers were warned to take care as the "mini beast from the east" swept in.
Sergei Skripal, the ex-Russian spy who was the target of the attack, and his daughter Yulia, remain in a critical but stable condition.